Around 200 protesters blocked traffic outside Topshop’s Oxford Street flagship on Saturday (May 14) in a demonstration campaigning for a real living wage for cleaners at the high street chain.
Class War activists and trade unionists, including shadow chancellor John McDonnell, waved placards and banners in the air chanting “Topshop, shame on you”, according to Sky News.
Some protestors set off smoke bombs as the group headed to the Marble Arch branch of Topshop, forcing the store to pull down its shutters, leaving dozens of shoppers locked inside for about 15 minutes.
The United Voices of the World union (UVW), which organised the event, claimed two Topshop cleaners had been “victimised and bullied” for joining their organisation, according to the news outlet.
Teresa Grey, from the group, said she wanted to “make their voices heard”: “Two Topshop cleaners joined our union. For that, one was sacked, the other suspended.”